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Surprised they even released this footage. Pretty embarrassing
the teen driver's father released the video to OHP for training purposes.
Edit to add source
Train for what?
“Hey, it’s your responsibility to change speeds when merging. So don’t slowly pitt maneuver yourself in front of giant plainly visible semi truck.”
-yeah that’s pretty obvio
“Let’s watch this training video and discuss it for an hour”
You say it's obvious, but here's proof that someone thought it was a good idea. Chances are there are more.
After all, only two things are infinite, and I'm not sure about the first
I know one is the Zubats in Mt. Moon, what's the other one?
“Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.” Attributed to Albert Einstein
r/truckers will confirm that this happens ALL THE TIME. People don't know how to merge, and expect a 40 ton truck - who may not even be able to see them - to magically allow them room.
If you floor it in a semi, the engine makes more noise. Eventually you'll slowly accelerate. Slowly.
Edit: r/truckers. Oopsy.
It's not even about knowing how to merge?
Anytime you're merging onto the highway/freeway the people going straight always always has the right of way. Hence they're already in the lane, you are the one needing to merge into the lane and must yield at all cost.
Unless I'm wrong this is how I understand it.
I’m sure it would also deter some people seeing how wrong it could go and this was actually a pretty mild accident for what it could have been. Something as simple as slowing down and getting behind the semi changes this entirely and youthful drivers could benefit from this
Source: Insurance underwriter who sees the influx of claims from this kind of driving.
As a city bus driver, I can attest that it is not obvious. Looks like the truck had no place to go because of the other car. In that situation the only right thing to do is hold the lane and hope self preservation kicks in for the merging driver.
It kills me that people think 45 MPH is an appropriate speed to approach traffic going 65.
I've seen people come to a complete stop at the end of the ramp. Rather than accelerate to merge, they stop.
If you ever run south out of Cincinnati, Ohio you hit the Cut in the Hill as soon as you cross into Kentucky. It is a 400 foot climb in 2 miles. I approach it like a pilot. I am setting up my bus to take it on without losing too much speed. All it takes is one jerk to ruin my climb and traffic for quite a while after because of the accordion.
We have 25mph onto 70mph (really 90mph) around here. I finally got the insight while being passenger on why someone did this. I was told "I don't want to blow up the car".
Come to find out, a healthy majority of people think if their car goes above 4K RPM, it will blow up. So they putter up to speed limit.
I am a semi truck driver and I can assure you that a lot of people could learn from this video. People tend to forget the scale of a semi truck. My truck weighs 32,000lbs when empty and can be up to 80,000lbs when loaded. The average passenger vehicle weighs 4,000lbs, which means semi trucks are 8 to 20 times the size. It means that getting into an accident with a semi truck is like getting hit by a car as a pedestrian, you don't have any protection and you will be lucky if you get to walk away.
edit: me no math good
I've been a truck driver for 15 years, and it never fails to surprise me just how many people think that we're obligated to get out of the way so they can merge. Yesterday, I had a woman come off an on-ramp beside me and drive down the shoulder laying on the horn and glaring at me. There was a solid line of traffic in the left lane, so it wasn't like I could get over.
You big dumb slow thing, get out of my way! Ugh, truck drivers are so selfish and careless! /s
You obviously haven’t worked with teen drivers. There is a significant tendency for teens learning to drive to slow down when changing lanes!
In this case, slowing down would have been a good idea, as the car would have them been BEHIND the truck
I remember when I was a teen driver. It fucking sucked. I feel like people saw the student driver sticker and used it as an excuse to fuck with me. Like they were hazing me or something for being the new guy. Then when I failed the driving test for the first time, my mom screamed at me, called my instructor, screamed at him, and then screamed at his wife.
Ugh. My 15 year old son hits the brake almost every time. Like wtf kid!!! No matter how many times I tell him not to.
I went to school at NMSU in Las Cruces, NM. I-10 and I-25 both run through there and if there was a car in front of me at the light to turn onto the on ramp I could be pretty much guaranteed to be forced to merge on to either interstate with traffic going 65-70MPH going no faster than 45MPH but usually 30-40MPH. It pissed me off every time. Hit the fucking gas pedal people! You should be going approximately the speed of the cars on the freeway you're merging on to when you hit it, slightly adjusting speed up or down to catch a gap in the cars in the lane you're merging on to. If it's a short on ramp, floor it, it's not going to hurt your car unless it's a poorly maintained.
Teenagers are amazingly dumb. Helps to have any visual aids possible.
Never assume something is obvious. There was a kid in my driving class that genuinely thought that stop signs were completely optional unless you see a police officer, then they’re mandatory. This kids dad was just blowing through stop signs and saying that’s it’s legal.
Clearly it’s not as obvious as you think
Poor guy in the red car got fucked even though they weren’t even doing anything
It's a real shame he couldn't dodge it.
I shall avenge this injustice
Oh Jesus Chrysler, is it gonna be one of these threads?
Just gotta dart out of the way next time.
Never know when you'll glow neon with blood.
Yea, you don't want to get rammed.
I see what you did there
One more reason to not sit next to a truck.
If anything bad happens, it will be 10x worse near a truck.
The law of Superior tonage is always in effect.
Right? I swear some people are like magnets for the no zone.
Why would the POV driver not slow down to merge behind the truck? I know it's a rhetorical question, but often it seems like drivers are willing to risk so much to avoid being behind a truck, bus, etc
Because some people are idiots, that the only answer I can come up with anymore
I’ve never understood either! I drive a semi everyday,and experience this 4-5 times a day,I’m like I can’t get over and I’m not shutting it down due to traffic on my bumper! But the ones not yielding think I’m in the wrong and I get the finger and brake checked 99% of the time!
Edit: can’t get over*
What kind of madman thinks he should break check a SEMI???
one that doesn't know they might be committing suicide
Driver here too and I fully concur. Someone brake checking me with 140,000 lbs under my ass has no idea how much they’re flirting with disaster.
Remember kids: on the highway, no one ever has to stop for you or let you over.
I wish people knew how to merge 😒
Some do. Some are just idiots. But I agree, in general, its more worse than good.
Where I live, the speed limit is 70 mph, and people will merge doing 30 and 40. It's incredibly dangerous.
Edit: apparently I live across the US 😂 we need to set up some type of national learn-to-drive movement.
I wish it was exclusive to where you live, but sadly it isn’t.
The EU is attempting to bring measures in new cars to physically stop speeding. The Automobile Association in the UK cited merging as a scenario where a little extra speed to help merge can actually be safer. Obvs not applicable to this example, her initial speed was too low and should have merged behind.
I feel like her positioning is more the issue than her initial speed. Her position at the start of the video is behind the cab and in the semi's blind spot.
The safe and defensive course of action would be stay on the slower side, merge behind the semi, and then pass on the left.
I was in the Semi's position the other day. A guy approaching from behind on the on-ramp decided he wanted to race ahead of me and slot into the gap between me and another car instead of taking the lowly route of merging in the completely open space behind me and then passing on the left (which was open). He almost clipped me swerving into my lane at the last second and then swerved again to miss the car in front because he was going way too fast for a safe merge.
I'm starting to look into cameras for my car since I'm traveling for work more than doing the short commute. I've seen way more stupidity now that I'm driving greater distances.
Get yourself a dash cam for sure. If you're ever in places where it gets hot, make sure you get one with a capacitor instead of battery, or the heat will kill it. Learned that one the wrong way a while back, living in the south.
I got pulled over once for doing 60 mph on the interstate on-ramp. He told me the speed limit on the ramp is 45. So essentially, the law says you're required to enter a 75 mph highway at 45 mph. It's stupid and I told the cop the same thing. He gave me a warning.
He told me the speed limit on the ramp is 45.
Where was this?
The yellow signs on ramps are just advisory speeds, so the ramp would probably have the same speed limit as the road it connects to. Even if the ramp counts as a separate road, the statutory speed limit for unmarked rural highways is usually higher than 45. How did the cop even clock you in such a short distance?
BUt dRiviNg fAsT iS DanGEroUs
It is if your switching lanes, cutting people off and just driving like a motherfucker in general.
That's what horns are for.
Seriously though if you're too scared to drive on the highway, go a different way.
So, I have a problem in that my car can barely manage to accelerate to about 55 mph even flooring it on the on-ramp, and it's not an underpowered car (it's fully meant to go on the highway), we just have really short on-ramps where I live. They also recently increased the speed limit to 80, so it's kind of a problem. Merging is pretty scary.
EDIT: They even have "thru traffic keep left" signs on the segments of highway I'm thinking of to try to help the problem by keeping traffic out of the right lane, but I've never seen anybody else appear to pay attention to them but me for some reason, so there's another problem.
Just kind of keep inching over and people will get out of the way right?
Yup. It helps if you never look in the mirror or over your shoulder so that way you don't have to face your shame.
I scream at at least 1 fool a day that decides to come in at me with 10 car lengths ahead and behind me.
What's almost worse are the people who DO let them over. Oh traffic is going 75 and some guy is in the onramp going 45? Better slow down and let him in! Don't mind all the people behind me not expecting a hard brake...
We get idiots here who just stop in the middle of the main road to let cars into or out of side streets when they have no right of way, it is dangerous and infuriating
Moved to an area where this is a thing and it drives me up the wall.
That's why I scoot one lane away when I see people merging. Too much re-re behavior at these points.
Friendly Fred being nice to the guy in front and shitting on everyone behind them
But at the same time, fuck those people who speed up or slow down just enough so that you have to make a significant change to your speed just to merge without driving on the shoulder.
Don’t forget the person that cuts over to pass on the right at a merge point.
Yes, tell this to people who assume using a turn signal opens a magic portal of clear lanes.
Or the ones that think using the turn signal portal will condemn them to hell so they dont use it at all
*waves in Houston*
OTOH, there are people who rush to close the gap when you turn on your turn signal.
Oh yea fuck those asshats. How about those that speed up when you try to pass (?) lollll we can go all day
All the damn time. They then swerve around you, usually on the right, flip you off, then brake check you. Like, wtf? You were a good 50 yards behind me when I indicated my move.
"I turn now, good luck semi-trailer truck" - said no sane people ever
Sad part is that semi driver has to prove his innocence and even if done so, his commercial safty score now has points for an accident and insurance rates have gone up, all because a little car wanted to be first
Usually when the cam car causes an accident and the video is on Youtube, it has made its way to the police already.
No, the driver still has to prove it to the companies he works for and the company can use it to dick him for it.
Big rig guys have a lot of pressure to get in zero accidents or they get fucked hard.
Even if the police and insurance clear him, they'll still fuck him over.
It's much better due to the literal shortage of drivers, but it's still a issue.
Completely agree. It is why Im no longer a truck driver.
Had a run through Houston. It was 2 A.M. so traffic was pretty open except for a few stragglers and some ass hats in super cars racing like madmen. They would take turns passing each other and when they get far enough ahead, they would park on the freeway. Didnt matter who was behind them. They just slam their brakes and wait for the other guy to zoom past.
Well one of them decided to cut me off and slam their brakes to be dicks to the rig. I attempted to slam mine and get into another lane but there was no time and I tore off the back quarter of his car.
Dash cam proved it was his fault and he was ticketed and I was told by the officers have a nice day.
Guess who got fired a week later when my job got the red flag I was "involved in a collision"
You should have sued the driver of the car. Their reckless driving cost you your job. I bet you could have got a minimum of a years wages.
Winning a lawsuit and ever seeing money are totally different.
Yeah but a maybe is better than a never.
Damn that's fucked. Besides the fact an 18 wheeler can fuckin' end you in a wreck, I am always polite/careful around them because they get so dicked if any accident happens with them. The most common move I see is people cutting right in front of them in traffic jams on the highway. The people who do it are obviously jerks but I think a lot of them are ignorant to the actual stopping power of a big rig. The supercar drivers you encountered seem to have fallen into both of those categories. It sucks that happened to you and the resulting firing, but I think there is a slight pleasure that can be had thinking about how you totalled some rich boys fancy car while he was dangerously and illegally driving. With the cherry on top being it was all his fault.
Bittersweet knowing that rich boy probably got fined what he considers pocket change and bought a new one soon after. But at least I fucked up his fun times and probably gave him a heart attack knowing he was a split second's difference from becoming one with the pavement.
What if I had been changing the radio station? It was on I-10, it has like 8 lanes. I wasn't at all expecting to touch my brake pedal or do much else except drive a straight line for the next few hours.
It was prime time for me to have been paying the least amount of attention to the road if I had not already been observing these ass hats for the past 10 minutes getting on my ass and flashing their high beams when I wouldn't move out their way, and generally acting the fool with each other.
You're 100% right, that guy got totally screwed.
If a CDL holding truck driver is involved in an accident, it goes on their safety record. Period.
Same goes for any moving violation. Doesn't matter what the circumstances are, it goes on your safety record.
How about that accident where the truck crossed into the opposite side of the highway to be hit by a semi, and they said the "Semi shouldn't be out in the snow, so they are at fault". lol wtf
I see these near-accidents all the time. People who merge onto the freeway going 15 to 20 MPH slower than the flow of traffic... what are they thinking?
It’s doubly stupid when you consider that your car almost certainly stops faster than it can accelerate. Speed the fuck up in the merge lane and then slow down if necessary- don’t go slow and then try to speed up when you are already doing 45MPH.
They're thinking that fast acceleration is dangerous, and that they're being safe.
Why the fuck would you try and pass a semi? like people just want to die ha i always slow down and try not to fuck with them considering they're like 4 times the size of my car
That would have worked if she were flooring it. It still would have been a dick move seeing as she didn’t have right of way, but damn that was the slowest overtake in history.
But she didn't even try to pass it, which is the main problem here.
She believes the semi was supposed to "let her in".
She probably pulls out onto roads right in front of other cars without properly accelerating, too, and just expects the vehicle(s) she pulled out in front of to slam their brakes or go around
Try 80,000 lbs, so probably closer to 40 times bigger
The semi always has the right of way, simply because the law is insufficient to raise you off the coroner's table.
The way I see it is the laws of physics do not care who had the right of way. F = MA. A big truck has a huge M, so when one hits you that's a big F. So it's best to get your A outta there.
She could have passed the semi. She didn't. Why wouldn't you? Fucking floor it.
This is just a side note related to the video: People on the highway please maintain your speed. I will adjust to you as I merge and decide if I need to accelerate ahead or slow down and go behind. You messing with your speed just fucks things up.
What an asshole. The driver was clearly behind the truck well before the merge. Did she think he would just move over a lane, not realizing the car was there?
Hitting the brakes for 3 seconds would've avoided the entire accident.
Letting off the gas for 3 seconds*
You and I should be friends. I try explaining that brake tapping all the time isn’t the only thing that slows you down....you can decelerate by letting off the gas too. 🤯
There are far too many who don't understand this concept. Makes it more of a PITA for the person who's behind them, seeing brake lights off and on all the time, trying to deduce if they need to brake too
People who tailgate and are constantly tapping their brakes for that reason amuse me. "If you weren't two inches off their ass you wouldn't have to hit your brakes every two seconds."
It doesn't amuse me. It just creates phantom traffic. That one slight brake causes the tailgater behind them to break harder and so on until there's a wave of stopped traffic for absolutely no reason.
This is why people who just sit in passing lanes should have their licenses revoked. They are the root cause.
But don’t you understand, that would be too easy!
I always wonder wtf is happening when I see someone’s brake lights and we’re going uphill. Then they just keep going. 🤨
Probably a two-footer. One foot for the gas, one for the brake. They keep that brake foot lightly-rested on the pedal so that the brake lights are almost always on. I've run across a few like that in my day.
I’ve often said “is this fucker riding their brakes? WTH is going on” and now I know what the hell os going on
How many of those people are left foot braking, do you think?
Maybe it’s for the best that we don’t know...haha
When I go down a hill on the highway I just let go of the accelerator and coast my way down. The amount of times that baby are on their brakes ALL the way down the hill is super annoying and unnecessary.
I call it brake dancing 🤡🤡🤡🤠
She had so much time to go for this simple solution.
Even just stomping it. It's like she was actively seeking to be pit maneuvered by a fuckin semi.
I really fucking hate how 90+% of people don't know their accelerator pedal goes down more than 50%. That plus all the fucking idiots that get all the way to the end of the ramp going 45-50 MPH when the speed limit is 65-75 just infuriates me.
And another 90% think there are two buttons on the floorboard: GO!!! and WHOA!!!
They know, they just honestly believe it's going to blow their engine up if they rev it too high... I've had people in my car freak out because I pushed it near redline to safely merge using smalll on ramps.
She could have braked, floored the gas, or hell even just continued her current maneuver of driving on the shoulder until she was clear. But noooooooo she had to (wrongly) assert right of way...
It's surprising how many people never consider "slowing down" as an active driving practice. You're not a pawn, only able to go forward. You can go "backwards"
This is why I always give those trucks the right away. Way too dangerous to risk riding the shoulder JUST to get ahead of it.
Isn't the merging lane supposed to yield anyway?
This sub makes me a better driver. This lady must have been texting or just plain insane.
I drive hoping I never end up on this subreddit.
Edit:messed up a word
I drive hoping I never end up on this subreddit
And yet I see some people driving like thats their fucking goal in life.
That’s no lie!
Same here, though some things I did before 20 I kind if wish were filmed so could post them here. That being said I swear that Mazda b4000 was cursed.
It sounds like she was just inexperienced (and bad at driving).
Even if she had the right of way, which of course she doesn't, why would you challenge a semi? How fucking stupid can you be?
She thought wrong
My Mom did this with me in the car when I was 12. We didnt spin out, she luckily hit the side and not the front of the truck and we came to a halt on the side. She did not have the right away.
She then drove 40 minutes out of the way to the state police, and said she wanted to press charges against the driver. The trooper told her flat out if she wanted to file a report, she could be arrested based on the account she gave. She actually told the guy that she tried to force her way into traffic, with a child in the front seat, in front of a semi. Even at 12, I remember thinking she was a fucking idiot for this.
Some commentators are going to say it's the truckers fault. Usually this is because in their country people on the road must make way for mergers. In the US it is the opposite, mergers must plan ahead and drivers already on the road do not make way.
I thought all merging in every country was a comprise, you know, because you’re merging?
Wtf are they driving? Could they not have, you know, accelerated a bit faster?
Or had enough sense to slow down and merge behind the giant ball of metal hurtling down the highway.
I'll never understand why people can't merge properly. Complete idiots
The day I got my license my parents taught me the number one rule of the road: he who has the most lug nuts wins.
I'm confused... is the truck pulling a trailer or bobtailing? I see the crash, but then at 0:15, it appears that there is a trailer in the road with no tractor connected but then that trailer then seems to be rolling down the road as if a tractor is pulling it. Am I seeing an illusion or is this maybe too fast for the frame rate of the camera or perhaps... aliens?
"Why didn't he let me in?" -Her probably
Trucker didnt even see the car probably hence why it continued driving lol. OP is in the trucks blind spot too.
you best believe if I was the one in the red car I would be BEYOND pissed
Assholes that don’t know how to merge.
*insert Dennis eating cereal
"What a dumb bitch!"
You never have the right of way with a big rig barreling ass down your neck.
Without a doubt 100% the drivers fault (Not the Trucks fault)
I can tell you with absolute certainty that the driver of the truck could BARELY see the car, if at all, clear up until the moment she clipped his bumper.
Source: am trucker. These bitches are impossible to see out of on the right side!
Why would you show anyone this? Did they think they were in the right?